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Jakub Vrána Shares Red Wings Turned Their Back on Him During His Rehab

St. Louis Blues’ forward Jakub Vrana revealed alarming details about his time in Detroit recently after going on an absolute tear for his new team. In his first 6 games with the Blues, the 26-year old has registered 4 goals, 1 assist, including a game-winning goal, and 21 shots on goal.

Talk about making a strong first impression.

In October, Vrana enrolled in the NHL’s Player Assistance Program due to an unidentified substance abuse problem. Then, the 26-year-old was buried in the minors and put on waivers. The only reason Detroit called him back to the NHL was because star forward Lucas Raymond was hurt.

Although he was merely attempting to better himself, Vrana hinted in his most recent interview that he felt deceived by the Red Wings.

“I came back and felt like a new person. It was totally different. It’s just that it was a little frustrating to me. expected a little bit more trust and a little bit more chance to kind of put the pieces together again. That didn’t work.

I still think I did the right thing (in seeking help). Some people didn’t like that and they didn’t accept it .. Now it’s a new opportunity. I cannot be happier to join.”

You have to feel for the guy.

When someone is openly struggling with their mental health, which is perhaps the most difficult kind of health to maintain, almost everyone can empathize with them.

It’s wonderful to see him prospering in his new location.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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